Richard O'Kelly Takes Up The Reigns At Hereford United

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 06 March 2012, 10:25

Richard O'Kelly has replaced Jamie Pitman as the manager of League Two strugglers Hereford United. Pitman was relieved of his managerial duties on Saturday following a disappointing run of results which has left the club in 21st place, just two points above the relegation zone. O’Kelly, a former assistant manager at Edgar Street, has been handed a short-term contract untill the end of the season in which he has 12 matches to save The Bulls from the drop. Meanwhile, Pitman will stay with the club in a coaching role.

The appointment will raise a few eyebrows as it will be O’Kelly’s first foray into football management. He does however have a vast amount of coaching experience and previously worked at Hereford as assistant manager between 2002 and 2004. If the 55-year-old impresses then he will no doubt be handed a long-term deal.

This was Pitman’s first job in management after he was promoted from club physio in October 2010. He originally took charge on a temporary basis but after saving the club from relegation last season he signed a two-year contract. However, the club have consistently struggled this campaign and as a result the board have decided to change things up in order to boost their chances of survival.

O'Kelly’s first match in charge is a crunch fixture away to Macclesfield Town on Tuesday night. The Silkmen, who thumped Hereford 4-0 earlier in the season, currently sit one place and two points above them in the league. Paddy Power have installed Macclesfield as the 5/4 favourites for the win, while Hereford are priced at 2/1, with a draw available at 9/4.

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